Dell Precision 5510 Owner's Lounge

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  1. John Ratsey

    John Ratsey Moderately inquisitive Super Moderator

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    BIOS 1.5.0 has been released.
    Fixes & Enhancements
    1. Enhance audio quality when the brightness is adjusted
    2. Extending battery support
    3. Allows Dell Command Configure to implement the required Thunderbolt Sec Level settings without the need to access the BIOS.
    4. Fixed a Bitlocker recovery issue when Dell Thunderbolt Dock is connected to the system, and PCR1 is selected in the Bitlocker Group Policy
    Updated Dell Dock Port Type Classification in SMBIOS Table
    5. Fixed a Bitlocker recovery issue when Dell Type C Dock or Dongle is connected to the system, and PCR2 is selected in the Bitlocker Group Policy
    Improved PCR2 measurement consistency when a Dell Type C Dock or Dongle is connected.
    6. Updated the handling of pre-boot authentication information by firmware.
    Updated UEFI variable input validation.
    Updated the handling of 3rd party Option ROM loading.
    Updated SPI flash command configuration settings.

    John
     
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  2. 3DD

    3DD Notebook Guru

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    This is the worst policy. It is really a safety issue. My 5510's battery swollen so bad that it pushed/popped the touchpad up 1/2 inch. I was lucky that I opened a case 7 days before the 1 year warranty expires.
     
  3. John Ratsey

    John Ratsey Moderately inquisitive Super Moderator

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    I received a follow-up email today advising that the battery replacement had been approved. I have to wonder whether Dell UK hadn't been advised about the service bulletin and had to check with Dell HQ.

    John
     
  4. John Ratsey

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    The replacement battery arrived today. It's also Simplo 84Whr. Close scrutiny of the labelling revealed:

    (i) The serial number on the 3D bar code label on the old battery ends in -A01 and on the new battery ends in -A02.
    (ii) The date code on the 3D bar code label on the old battery is 2016-07 and on the new battery is 2017-08 (ie these batteries have been produced after the higher capacity battery in the 5520 was released - perhaps at Simplo's expense to replace the earlier batteries).
    (iii) The Simplo part number to the right of the IC symbol on the old battery is PP32LI137Q-1 and on the new battery is PP32CO137Q-2.

    Some of the above info must identify which batteries are potentially faulty.

    John
     
  5. GoNz0

    GoNz0 Laptop Engineer & Online games hosting.

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    I am amazed they didn't just ship the 97wh batteries that are in current production, oh well I guess Simplo had to do what Dell wanted in this case.
     
  6. John Ratsey

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    Something I noticed while studying the labels is that the batteries (both new and old) says 7260 mAh, 13.2V which, by my reckoning, is 95.8Whr. I have to wonder whether Dell is deliberately under-rating them, perhaps to improve longevity.
    84Whr battery label.jpg

    John
     
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  7. RockinSteady

    RockinSteady Notebook Enthusiast

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    Hi guys

    Im just coming from reading 157 pages of official gigabyte aero 15 thread (proof of that is my homework that I did on it, i posted there all the summary that I extracted from it). And finally I decided against that laptop, after disappointing behaviour from Gigabyte. Especially the lie about the screen quality.

    After alot of research I ended up here. So I really cant spend another month reading another thread... Could someone please just tell me the most common problems about 5510 fhd version?

    And my second question is wether or not is this laptop dell precision 5510(fhd version)good enough for my needs?

    My needs are doing photo and video editing. And rendering. No gaming. No surfing.
    I would edit some 4k footage from gh4/gh5, which is up to 10bit 4:2:2 400mbps. But I would opt for fhd version because of the price and because I think 4k is too small for an 15,6"? So I would basically work with fhd preview, then export as 4k(or fhd depends).

    What are your thoughts on this? Can this lap manage it?
    (Ive read somewhere that its better then xps15 for this matter.)

    And yes, the most important, is the fhd screen of this laptop really that great and colour accurate(99% srgb) or not?

    Thanks a bunch.
     
  8. John Ratsey

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    I think the biggest problems were with the BIOS and Thunderbolt. Both of these have now been quite well debugged. There's also a recall on the older 84Whr battery which has been known to swell and cause damage.

    Datacolor Spyder measured the Sharp SHP1453 LQ156M1 panel on my 5510 as 99% SRGB. I think this is the only FHD panel used on the 5510.

    I have no experience of your type of workload but the Quadro GPU in the 5510 is effectively a slightly detuned (for better stability?) version of the dGPU in the XPS15 9550. I'm sure it could do your rendering but, as with almost anything relating to computing, there's something else out there which can do it faster. But if you want a good balance of excellent 15.6" display, portability and good performance then the FHD version of the Precision 5510 (or the 5520) ticks the right boxes. The 4k display also hits the battery time significantly.

    John
     
  9. RockinSteady

    RockinSteady Notebook Enthusiast

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    Thank you John.

    The retailers gave me a link to dells web page to customize specs for what I want.

    Now I would like to consult with you people here on this matter.

    CPU
    How big is the difference between these 3? Which one is sufficient for my needs?

    Intel® Core i7-6820HQ Processor (Quad Core 2.70GHz, 3.60GHz Turbo, 8MB 45W, w/Intel HD Graphics 530)
    + £151.20

    Intel® Xeon E3-1505M v5 (Quad Core 2.80GHz, 3.70GHz Turbo, 8MB 45W, w/Intel HD Graphics P530)
    + £226.80

    Intel Core i7-6700HQ (Quad Core 2.60GHz, 3.50GHz Turbo, 6MB 45W, w/Intel HD Graphics 530)
    + £70.00


    Memory

    8GB (1x8G) 2133MHz DDR4 Memory Non ECC
    £0.00

    8GB (2x4G) 2133MHz DDR4 Memory Non ECC
    Included in price

    16GB (1x16GB) 2133MHz DDR4 N-ECC
    + £107.80

    16GB (2x8G) 2133MHz DDR4 Memory Non ECC
    + £107.80

    32GB (2x16GB) 2133MHz DDR4 N-ECC
    + £325.50

    I guess it is smarter(cheaper) to upgrade it to 32gb myself, right?


    Battery!
    If I chose the 84wh one am I going to get the one that makes trouble?
    Also, if I chose that one I have no choice but to use only M2 ssd that can have throttling issues.
    The 84wh battery doesnt allow any 2.5" drive nor additional hard drive, which I think I would need - better to use internal then external for storing material that I will be using in my projects. What do you think?
    I cant do video editing on battery anyway, it will drain it fast. Shall I just go with the 3-cell?
    Is the 56Wh without issues?

    3-cell (56Wh) Lithium Ion battery with ExpressCharge™
    Included in price

    6-cell (84Wh) Lithium Ion battery with ExpressCharge™


    Hard drives
    I would go for an 500gb ssd. Shall I upgrade it myself or some of these are allright specwise + pricewise?

    500GB 2.5" 7200rpm Hard Drive
    - £94.50

    256GB 2.5" 7mm SATA Solid State Drive
    - £13.30

    M.2 PCIe 256GB SSD
    Included in price

    512GB 2.5" 7mm SATA Solid State Drive
    + £181.30

    512GB 2.5 inch High Performance SATA Solid State Drive
    + £211.40

    M.2 PCIe 512GB SSD
    + £177.80

    512GB M.2 PCIe High Performance Solid State Drive, MPWS
    + £276.50

    M.2 PCIe 1TB SSD
    + £342.30

    512GB 2.5 inch FIPS SED (OPAL 2.0) Solid State Drive,MPWS
    + £176.40

    512GB M.2 SATA SED Solid State Drive
    + £176.40

    128GB Adata DP900 SSD 2.5 inch SATA 6Gb/s, 1M Hrs MTBF [CS]
    - £5.43

    256GB Adata DP900 SSD 2.5 inch SATA 6Gb/s, 1M Hrs MTBF [CS]
    + £84.87

    256GB Adata OPAL SSD 2.5 inch SATA 6Gb/s, 1M Hrs MTBF [CS]
    + £29.57

    512GB Adata OPAL SSD 2.5 inch SATA 6Gb/s, 1M Hrs MTBF [CS]
    + £131.07

    512GB Adata DP900 SSD 2.5 inch SATA 6Gb/s, 1M Hrs MTBF [CS]
    + £271.07

    1TB Adata DM900 SSD 2.5 inch SATA 6Gb/s, 1M Hrs MTBF [CS]
    + £331.27



    Systems Management Software

    Is this just ripoff for dummies? I mean, I can adjust these settings myself in the BIOS, right?

    BIOS: Internal Bluetooth Set To Enabled
    + £11.08

    BIOS: Internal Bluetooth Set To Disabled
    + £11.08

    BIOS: Internal Wi-Fi Set To Enabled
    + £11.08

    BIOS: Internal Wi-Fi Set To Disabled



    And finally.
    Docking Stations and Port Replicators

    Do you recommend any of these? What is its practical use?

    Dell Dock with 180W AC adapter (WD15) UK/Irish
    + £235.49

    Dell VESA Mounting Kit for Dell Dock
    + £32.39

    Dell Thunderbolt Dock TB16 with 240W AC Adapter - UK
    Dell Recommended
    Save 23% Offer.
    + £335.29
    + £258.17


    What do I need for getting more usb slots, RJ45 and HDMI output?

    Anything else I should consider?


    Its almost like buying a car, so I dont want to take this easy.

    Thanks any advice is appreciated.
     
  10. alexhawker

    alexhawker Spent Gladiator

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    Buy a dock used on eBay and save yourself some quid.
     
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